Recipients Announced for CBIC’s Annual Awards

Central Virginia’s Leading Innovators Honored at 2015 CBIC Awards Gala

Monticello High School Teacher, Katina Dudley, Wins $2,500 CBIC Tech in Education Grant

May 22, 2015  (Charlottesville, VA) – Three area educators were put at the head of the class by Central Virginia innovators at the 17th annual CBIC Awards Gala Thursday night, May 21. More than 360 area leaders in business, education, and government came together cbic awards 2015at Boar’s Head Inn to recognize outstanding technology achievements. The event, hosted each year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), was the largest in its history, having grown by 50% from last year. This year’s gala also featured an expanded awards program with nine total awards, seven of which are all-new, which is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of the innovation movement and our region’s entrepreneurs.

The CBIC Gala was full of inspiring moments for the recipients and gala goers. Chief Visionary Officer of Charlottesville’s Coshx Labs, Cassandra Stish, emceed. Under the theme A Night of Inspiration, guests were able to mingle with award nominees during the event’s lengthened reception and be inspired by new ideas presented at Innovators Row, a showcase of 22 local companies and organizations demonstrating technological innovations.

“Central Virginia innovators are inspiring others as new ideas are combined to create jobs and revolutionize entire industries. These tech innovators are generating prosperity for area families, schools, and organizations,” said CBIC Executive Director Tracey Greene, co-chair of the gala.

Educators Leveraging Learning Technology

The CBIC Educator of the Year celebrates area educators who are not only innovators themselves but also nurture the spirit of innovation in their students. Honoree Katina Dudley is an educator in the Albemarle County Public School system, at Monticello High School.  She is the Director of the Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA) and teaches AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. After visiting the University of Virginia’s Medical School, she was inspired to teach kids through curriculum integration. The Academy was established in 2012. More than 100 students are currently enrolled in the Academy and an additional 48 are set to enrolling the 2015-16 academic year. The HMSA curriculum is designed to provide students a foundation for post-secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health-related professions. Students explore core content with technology through integrated projects, case studies, and focused learning experiences.  Dudley wins this year’s $2,500 CBIC technology-in-education grant.

Since 2003, CBIC has gifted more than $30,000 to area teachers to help further the use of technology in classrooms.

Technology for the Social Good

CBIC recognizes one entrepreneurial effort that is focused on social good. While they might not have the financial success of other startups, their goal is improvement of the common good more so than private gain. Some classic examples of social goods are clean air, clean water and literacy, and can include access to services such as healthcare. Further, candidates for this award may include startup organizations enhancing our region’s ecosystem for the common good.

Gala attendees voted and selected Kim Wilkens, founder of Tech-Girls, as the worthy recipient of CBIC’s inaugural Social Good Award.

Tech-Girls is all about empowering girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. The goals are to: 1) spark interest by providing hands-on activities to learn new tech skills in a fun and collaborative setting; 2) build confidence by connecting girls to role models and mentors; 3) nurture an inclusive community to foster a sense of belonging in the tech discipline; and 4) help girls develop their own tech identity. The organization relies on remarkable volunteers and local organizations like GREAT, University of Virginia GEMS, Computers4Kids, Girls’ Geek Days, Albemarle County Public Schools, U.Va. Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Center for Open Science, CBIC and Charlottesville Women in Tech to bring programs and curriculum to elementary through high school girls throughout the region. More information about Tech-Girls can be found at

The complete list of 2015 CBIC Award honorees, below, is also available online at Recipients are selected by a panel of judges with inspiring technological experience in organizations with roots in Central Virginia and branches all over the world. Exceptions are the CBIC Social Good Award, which is determined by community vote at the Gala event, and the CBIC Leadership Award, which is presented to the organization’s noted volunteer by CBIC’s board of directors.

2015 CBIC Award Winners

  • CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year:
    Deb McMahon, CEO of Scitent
  • CBIC Business of the Year:
    WillowTree Apps
  • CBIC Innovator of the Year:
    Maternity Neighborhood
  • CBIC Startup of the Year:
  • CBIC Top Job Creator of the Year:
    Apex Clean Energy
  • CBIC Educator of the Year:
    Katina Dudley, Monticello High School
  • CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year:
    Nick Anglin, student at Sutherland Middle School
  • CBIC Social Good Award:
    Kim Wilkens, Tech-Girls
  • CBIC Volunteer of the Year:
    Lianne Landers, CBIC Board Member

CBIC Volunteer of the Year

CBIC recognizes one CBIC volunteer who has gone above and beyond the average to make substantial and lasting contributions to the cause of advancing the organization, which is recognizing and rewarding the innovative entrepreneurs in our community.

The recipient of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award is Lianne Landers. Lianne has been a director on CBIC’s board since 2011, is co-chair of CBIC’s Marketing Communications (MARCOM) committee and its Blog Editorial Board. She has also served on CBIC’s Tech Tour, Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees throughout her many years of service. She was integral in the development of CBIC’s inaugural blog, which launched earlier this year, and in establishing and leading a strong MARCOM team of diverse volunteers who further CBIC’s agenda and mission.


As the region’s technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region’s technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area.

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